The search for an oasis in the middle of the desert led us through Bear Canyon in the Coronado National Forest. The Seven Falls trail winds up through 2 1/2 miles of the most beautiful landscape Tucson has to offer, and leads to a surreal set of waterfalls that cascade into large pools.

At the main parking lot of Sabino Canyon, there are a few different trams you can take to nearby trailheads. You have the option to either hop on a tram that will take you to the 7 Falls trailhead for $4 a person, or walk the 2 miles yourself. Once at the trailhead, signs will lead you into Bear Canyon and eventually to 7 Falls. The towering walls on each side provide shade in certain times of the day. We visited in early January, and there was a small stream (That is there for most of the year) that the trail flanks for most of the hike. There are several river crossings along the way which are very easily traversed with a little hop, skip and a jump. The trail ascends through forests of saguaros, sycamore, and cottonwood trees as teddy bear cactus, buckhorn cholla, and barrel cactus line the path. The trail is 2 1/2 miles one way. As you near the waterfalls the trail turns to switchbacks, before the falls finally reveal themselves around a bend in the canyon. You are rewarded with a stunning view. Water cascades down the granite cliffs into clear pools that you can relax around, and swim or wade into. The hike takes about 3 hours round trip and it is recommended to bring at least 1 quart of water per person.

Dogs are not allowed. 

Pack List

  • Water
  • Swimming Suit
  • Camera
  • Good shoes
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RT Distance 5 Miles
Elevation Gain 917 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Year Round
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
River
Scenic
Waterfall
Swimming Hole

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Can Anyone Help Me ?

Hi I'm looking to hike this in the beginning of march and was wondering if anyone thinks the swimming will be good then ? Any information would be awesome!

Absolutely beautiful

This is my new favorite hiking spot. It was a 9 mile round trip from the visitor center with a medium difficulty but it was so worth it. The view was perfect and the swimming was great. The only down fall is that the falls aren't around all year. Best time to go is a a month or so after the start of the Southern Arizona monsoon season.

Protip: Arrive at the falls before 2pm!

Beautiful hike in Sabino Canyon! The tram mentioned in the description above runs once per hour on the hour so we opted to walk the mile to the trailhead turning this into a 7mi or so RT hike. Plan your hike to arrive prior to about 2pm as the sun will begin to set behind the hills blocking the light to Seven Falls. FYI - entrance is free with a National Park pass... enjoy!


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